Through December we received 73.3% of the Gross Apportionments billed to churches for 2018. Our goal for 2018 is 85%! If your church is able, please consider giving over and above the amount apportioned. Your generosity is appreciated! If you can, please send in your final giving through the Ezra website.

Each year, United Methodist Churches complete Statistical Reports which compiles data on Membership and Participation (Table #1), Church Assets and Expenses (Table #2) and Church Income (Table #3) for the entire denomination. The year-end reporting is done through the Ezra website (the same website used for online apportionment giving). The login credentials for your church will not be reset this year. Please use the password your church set last year or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have it reset.

Beginning January 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car will be 58 cents per mile driven for business use and 14 cents per mile driver in service of charitable organizations.

If you are in the Sun Prairie area and would to help out our Finance & Administration Office by filing, data entry and other clerical work we would welcome it! As you know, our office was recently down-sized and although we are putting new efficient processes in place, we still have a lot of work to get things back to running smoothly! The good news is that all of our staff are up for the challenge. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have the availability to spend a day with our F&A team.

There are some year end tasks you should be aware of, including form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement, contribution statements and a few tips for closing your books.

January 19th - Leadership Conference - 9 a.m. at Onalaska UMC. Click here for the flyer. January 28th - Clergy Tax Workshop 9:30 a.m. at Conference Center in Sun Prairie. Click here to register. February 11th - Clergy Taxes: Keep All You Can! 10 a.m. webinar. Click here to register.

Thank you to all of our churches who are giving generously to our shared mission and ministry! The deadline for 2018 apportionments is Monday, January 14th. Please visit the secure Ezra website to see the details on how much your church has given so far to our shared Connectional Ministries!

The year is coming to a close. Around this time of year I like to reflect on and evaluate our work in hopes that we can make some improvements to better serve you in the future. If you have time, please give us some feedback by completing a survey.

Our Finance & Administration Office upholds your churches in our prayers during our meetings. We hope that this last month of the year is filled with Joy and Peace for your church. We thank God for you!

Blessings…

Tamara Wims
Conference Treasurer & Director of Administration

We encourage your church to give online (if possible) through the Ezra website and do so by the end of December. However, you have until Monday, January 14th to send in your giving. Any apportionments received after the January 14th deadline will be applied towards 2019. The Ezra website will accept 2019 payments beginning January 21st. As a reminder, giving reports are only mailed to churches that request them. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the reports by mail.

Church Treasurers will receive a 2019 Benefits billing update from our office by January 15th. Please refer to your Pastoral Support Worksheet for preliminary numbers. We have several procedures to complete in the billing software before the January billing statements can be sent to you.

Money is needed if churches are going to carry out their ministries, but continually asking for money and encouraging reluctant donors to give can be tiresome. Why do some people give willingly while others don’t? Why does a person give one day and not another? Click here to view the full article by Tricia Brown on our UMC We Give website.

The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation is a tremendous resource to our Annual Conference providing stewardship challenge grants, investment management, campaign services and so much more to our churches. In addition to that, the Foundation is able to transact stock gifts and IRA rollover gifts to your church at no cost!

Apportionment Formula – Each Annual Conference has the ability to determine its own apportionment formula, whereby local churches are asked to give an amount to support Connectional Ministries of the UMC. The Wisconsin Annual Conference’s apportionment formula is based one-third on professing membership and two-thirds on local expenses.

January 19th - Leadership Conference - 9 a.m. at Onalaska UMC. Click here for the flyer.

January 28th - Clergy Tax Workshop - 9:30 a.m. at Conference Center in Sun Prairie. Click here to register.

February 11th - Clergy Taxes - Keep All You Can! 10 a.m. Webinar. Click here to register.

On a quarterly basis, I have been sending a Summary Budget Report to the members of our Annual Conference. This is an effort to report back to those who voted and approved this budget and update you on our Conference Finances. Our Council on Finance and Administration (CFA), led by Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., is committed to Clarity/Transparency, Fairness/Justice and Accountability.

In July, CFA determined that our projected apportionment receipts for 2018 would be inadequate to meet our budgeted expenses for the year. CFA carefully reviewed the Conference’s financial health and considered our limited options at that meeting. A decision was made to reduce the planned spending by 10% for each board and agency of the Conference. CFA will continue to encourage apportionment giving throughout the Conference and promote our various ministries.